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Co. Kerry::Inch Beach and environs — Day 6

Dean and Andrew on Inch Beach

Dean and Andrew on Inch Beach

Today we did go back to the Dingle Peninsula. We stopped at Inch Beach first because the sun was showing. Even so, it was chilly and windy. The beach is huge — long and wide. It may have been low tide. We walked along the beach for a bit, then Dean wanted to head to the dunes.

Dean on a Dune at Inch Beach

Dean on a Dune at Inch Beach

These dunes, which are the largest I’ve ever seen, had no signs warning of environmental impact if trod upon — so Dean and the kids climbed to the top of the nearest dune. I hesitated, then followed them. I passed bya  couple of people sheltering from the wind. The dunes were so large that I didn’t see the people until I was nearly on top of them.

Colorful snails lined the path — clinging to reeds or just sitting in the sand. I picked up one from the sand  and saw that it was alive.

I met up with Clare at the top of a dune and saw that behind that dune, dozens more spread towards the road.

Dean and Andrew were resting in the bottom of a dune and claimed it was warm.

After climbing for a while I walked back to the beach, but Dean and the kids continued their exploration of the dunes at Inch Beach.

I later read that Ryan’s Daughter was filmed there.

Andrew inside the South Pole Inn

Andrew inside the South Pole Inn

Andrew outside the South Pole Inn

Andrew outside the South Pole Inn

We then drove towards Dingle Town and stopped for a late lunch at a bar called the South Pole Inn that was once owned by Tom Crean, one of Shackleton’s crew mates on his Antarctic adventure. Andrew is reading a book about the voyage for school so we snapped a few photos of the inside and outside.

Scary driving in Ireland

Scary driving in Ireland

After lunch we tried to find Minard Castle, but the road there was blocked.

After the Dingle drive we stopped at home for a couple of hours then took the kids to a pub in town that advertised live music. It must have been too early, because no one was playing anything. (Later we discovered that “Trad” didn’t start until 10 pm or later — too late for us).

Back home we had a simple pasta meal and retired early to be able to areise for our Skellig Michael trip the next day.

More Day 6 photos on Flickr.

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Co. Kerry::Dingle Peninsula — Day 3

On Monday, July 7, we drove to the Dingle Peninsula. First, however, we drove to Tralee — the town made famous by the song, The Rose of Tralee. Don’t worry if you’d never heard of the song — neither had I. Here’s a version of it.

In August women from all over the world compete for the title of The Rose of Tralee.

Anyway, we got some cash in Tralee and a few groceries at a Dunnes store. I also bought some slippers. Dunnes has groceries and clothes. I guess it’s kind of like a Super Target or Super Walmart.

After Tralee we headed out to the road to Dingle. We first passed some mud flats with shorebirds. I would have liked to stop to see the birds, but roads in Ireland are not conducive to just stopping. Clare was asleep at this point. I think the jet lag was catching up on her.

As we drove further out to the end of the Dingle Peninsula we saw mountains in the distance and the shore was to our right — one beach hosted huge waves and a number of surfers.

View from the Conor Pass -- Dingle Peninsula

View from the Conor Pass -- Dingle Peninsula

Clare woke up when we got to the Conor Pass which, according to the Dingle Peninsula website, is the highest mountain pass in Ireland.  It was pretty amazing, and a little scary as Dean navigated the curves in the road.

Sheep on the road -- Conor Pass -- Dingle Peninusla

Sheep on the road -- Conor Pass -- Dingle Peninusla

At one point we saw some sheep on the road, so we stopped and admired the scenery and Clare chased the sheep.

After that, Clare, Dean and Andrew walked — despite the gale force winds — to the top of a hill. I was too tired, or cold or apprehensive of the height to accompany them.

After our brief break we drove onto Dingle and had a lunch of cheese, bread and fruit. Irish cheese is delicious — creamy and filling. We looked around at the shops in Dingle, but everything seemed too touristy.

Doorway to Dunbeg Circle fort

Doorway to Dunbeg Circle fort

After Dingle, we drove to Dunbeg Promontory Fort, not too far out of Dingle, towards the end of the peninsula. We watched an embarrassingly amateur video about the fort in the visitor’s center and toured the fort. Had I known the fairy folk may have built it, I may have had more interest in it.

Afterward we drove to some “beehive” huts — more “fairy folk” homes.

Gallarus Oratory -- Dingle Peninusla

Gallarus Oratory -- Dingle Peninusla

We drove on for a while, stopping to look at the Blasket Islands. These islands were evacuated in the 1950’s and hosted many poets and writers. We missed the Blasket Island Info Center, but did go to the Gallarus Oratory which was an early Christian church.

We then drove home, through Dingle and stopped briefly at Inch Beach where Dean and Andrew checked out the beach and Clare and I examined slugs.

For dinner we cooked pork chops braised in Druids Celtic Cider with an apple and brown bread dressing. Clare made killer mashed potatoes.

Dean retired early and Clare, Andrew and I stayed up to listen to Prince Caspian and watch the news. The weather man seemed so sad that his prediction was nothing but rain, rain and more rain.

More Day 3 Photos on Flickr